Writing Reform: A Guide to Drafting State & Local Campaign Finance Laws (2008 Revised Edition)

June 27, 2008

Written by Brennan Center attorneys who have litigated campaign finance cases in federal and state courts throughout the nation, Writing Reform offers both practical tips and legal analysis for drafters of campaign finance reform bills or initiatives—those who want to stay within current constitutional constraints and those who want to test those limits.

Please be aware that Writing Reform has not yet been revised to take account of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent opinion in Davis v. Federal Election Commission, No. 07-320 (U.S. Sup. Ct. June 26, 2008). 

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Writing Reform: A Guide to Drafting State and Local Campaign Finance Laws
Deborah Goldberg, ed., Brennan Center 2008

Annotated Table of Contents

Part One: Principles of General Concern
Chapter One: The Constitutional Framework: Buckley v. Valeo
Chapter Two: Drafting Laws to Survive Challenge

Part Two: Drafting Specific Campaign Finance Reforms
Chapter Three: Financing Candidates’ Campaigns
Chapter Four: The Financing of Political Organizations
Chapter Five: Limits on Campaign Spending
Chapter Six: Limits on Independent Expenditures
Chapter Seven: Campaign Advertising and Issue Advocacy
Chapter Eight: Reporting and Disclaimer Rules
Chapter Nine: Public Financing of Candidates' Campaigns
Epilogue: A Note on Local Legislation

Part Three3: Appendices
Appendix A: Chapter-By-Chapter Table of Cited Cases
Appendix B: Lay Person’s Guide to Federal Circuits
Appendix C: List of Cited Articles and Books
Appendix D: Selected List of National Organizations Offering Resources for Campaign Finance Reformers